Yumiko Goes Wild

Today we warmly welcome artist Yumiko Kayukawa as the newest member of the Infectious family.


Yumiko‘s first ever drawing aged four was of a hyena devouring a zebra, while a vulture looked on. Her obsession with wild animals hasn’t abated – her Infectious Car Art is populated by pandas, octopi and tropical fish – but her style has changed up a bit. Nowadays Yumi’s animal kingdom shares the spotlight with her pretty and punky Japanese girls and they’re both intertwined with traditional Japanese imagery and an American pop art style.

Yumi’s art has hung on museum walls around the world and even been collected by a few rock stars. But she says “I’d rather my paintings hang next to rock star pin-ups than on museum walls. Ultimately I want to connect with people all over the world on that level.” What better way than on the blank canvas of a car?

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note: we’re a somewhat mixed group of cultures here at Infectious (American, British, Ukranian, etc) with our artists coming from an even more diverse set of cultures. So language can be an interesting thing at times. This original blog post was written using the word Oriental. It was quickly brought to our attention, that used to describe people, Oriental is often considered an ethnic slur. Whoa! As you can imagine…. we had no such intent. So instead of just deleting it in the dark of the night, we thought we’d post the learning.

Big hugs to Yumi especially… no offense intended, we promise.


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